Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj will not be returning to the American Idol panel next year.
By Cover Media.
The 43-year-old Grammy Award-winning mother-of-two revealed her departure from the TV talent competition via the internet.
Apparently Mariah will be focusing on her own musical career as well as a concert tour in the near future.
“W/ global success of “#Beautiful” (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol http://mariahcarey.com,” read a tweet written by Mariah’s publicity firm PMK*BNC that the star retweeted on her personal Twitter account.
Executives behind American Idol honour her exit.
Representatives of Fox and FremantleMedia appreciate what she has contributed to the programme.
“Mariah Carey is a true global icon – one of the most accomplished artists on the planet – and we feel extremely fortunate that she was able to bring her wisdom and experience to the ‘American Idol’ contestants this season,” company spokespersons revealed in a statement.
“We know she will remain an inspiration to ‘Idol’ hopefuls for many seasons to come.”
Longtime panellist Randy has also recently announced his exit from Idol.
Fellow panelist Nicki Minaj revealed that she also won’t be returning to the show too.
The rapper confirmed on Twitter she was abandoning her post on the programme.
“Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn’t trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!” Nicki wrote to her over 16 million followers.
Nicki has bickered with Mariah throughout their stint on American Idol. She most recently called the songstress “bitter” and “insecure”.
Rumours abound that former Idol judge Jennifer Lopez will be replacing Mariah.
“I don’t know. That’s the question of the moment. I loved doing the show.
I’ve said that over and over. If it came down to it and things were right and it worked out right — we have a lot going on right now,” Jennifer revealed to USA Today previously.
“For an offer to come in and for me to consider it, I would have to sit down and look at my next year.”